Incubus’ Mike Einziger on Chester Bennington’s Death: ‘We Need to Try Harder’ to Address Mental Health
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is among the many rockers expressing their sorrow in the aftermath of Chester Bennington's recent death. Over the years, the SoCal rockers became quite close with Linkin Park, having toured with the band and traveled in the same circles. Einziger spoke with Billboard issuing a statement on behalf of the band.
"Chester's passing came to me as a total shock," explained Einziger. "We were all together just recently in collective mourning of Chris Cornell, and we all watched Chester sing a heartfelt 'Hallelujah' in respect to him ... which makes this situation even all the more shocking."
The guitarist continued, "Mental health is one of the most difficult things to assess in people, and even more tricky to bring up to someone in discussion in any serious manner. We need to try harder. I can only think of Chester's sorrow, and hope for the well-being of his children, family, band and friends. Sending my genuine love and support to all of them."
The medical examiner ruled that Bennington's death was suicide by hanging. The band has canceled their "One More Light" North American tour which was scheduled to start on July 27. The singer was 41.
Rockers We've Lost in 2017
10 Unforgettable Chester Bennington Moments